Universiteit Van Amsterdam


The University of Amsterdam (UvA) has many facilities in the fields of sports, information and culture which are open to the general public. These include the cultural centre CREA, the gallery of the new Special Collections Library, the University Sports Centre and the university restaurants.

Facilities which are meant for students can be found on the student website.

Prospective students can visit the prospective students website for more information on the University and its facilities.

Administrative procedures

The University organises two key days where they welcome students at Schipol Airport and will guide them through the administrative procedures (housing contract, registration with the municipality, bank account, enrollment at the University etc) in order to live and study in the Netherlands.
The University of Amsterdam also guarantees housing for their international students.

A short history of the UvA

The predecessor of the University of Amsterdam, the Athenaeum Illustre, was founded in Amsterdam in 1632 to educate students in Trade and Philosophy. Lessons were generally given at the professors' homes, as the establishment was not yet a proper university.

The Athenaeum remained a small institution until the nineteenth century, with no more than 250 students and eight teachers. The situation changed in 1877 when the Athenaeum Illustre became the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and was permitted to confer the highest educational degrees.

Years of rapid growth lay ahead. There were 900 students at the University of Amsterdam by 1900. This figure had risen to 2,500 by 1935, and to 7,500 by 1960. More fields of study and research were introduced and new university departments established.

Currently, there are more than 30,000 students at the University of Amsterdam and 5,000 staff. The University has seven faculties spanning the humanities, the social and behavioural sciences, economics and business, law, the natural sciences, medicine and dentistry. (Source: Communications Office)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


As a student of VU University Amsterdam, you stand to benefit from all the advantages offered by the capital. In just over fifteen minutes you are in the lively centre of Amsterdam, where there are numerous shops, places of entertainment, parks, and pavement cafes.

Administrative procedures

VU University of Amsterdamn organises a visa invitation letter  and offers campus housing to their students.
Almost all of VU University Amsterdam's students, staff and programmes are located in a single building complex in the business district of Amsterdam. Accordingly, in the course of your studies, it is very easy to familiarize yourself with other disciplines.

Watch the short film about studying at VU University Amsterdam (18.182 kB)

A short history of  the VUA

Abraham Kuyper, Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 1901 to 1905, founded VU University Amsterdam in 1880. At first the university was only open to Reformed Christians and was entirely financed by their fund-raising efforts and donations. Since the 1960s, however, VU University Amsterdam has been open to everyone and funded in the same way as the other Dutch universities, although it still retains its tradition of Christian standards and values. This finds expression in the emphasis placed upon social involvement in the university’s teaching and research programmes.